Primary School Stage 3 Field Study Excursions Sydney
Science Stage 4 Field Study ExcursionStage 3 
Living World


ROCKPLATFORM
Location
Long Reef Rock Platform, Collaroy
Narrabeen Rock Platform, North Narrabeen
 
Excursion synopsis
Rock platform excursions begin with acknowledging that the sites are nature reserves and encouraging the students to consider what role these have in the heavily human impacted coast line.
 
We then move out onto the rock platform and look at the various physical environments. These are understood by measuring the temperature and salinity as well as investigating the animals, plants and algae present and the structural features of these organisms. 

WETLAND
Location
Botany Bay, Towra Point
 
Excursion synopsis
At Botany Bay we are able to investigate the sea grass and mangrove environments, comparing the living and non-living aspects of both.  We do this with the aid of scientific equiptment and an animal catch in both environments as well as investigating the variations in plant species.

SAND DUNES
Location
Long Reef Beach, Collaroy
Cronulla Beach, Cronulla

Excursion synopsis
As we head over the sand dunes from front to back we see great variations in the plant and animal species present, responding to the changing physical environment. The students are set the task of understanding why this relationship exists and what patterns they can see. 
 
This is undertaken with the help of scientific equipment such as soil moisture meters, coverscopes and plant identification keys.
 
We also investigate a mini beast, considering how it grows and survives within  the physical environment.
 
We also look at how the coasts are impacted on by humans. Impacts include the introduction of invasive plant and animal species as well as increased erosion of the shore line as a result of development. 

BUSH LAND 
Location
Bantry Bay, Frenchs Forest
Camp Kedron, Ingleside
Camp Coutts, Waterfall
Mt Keira, Wollongong
 
Excursion synopsis
All of our bush land sites are on a slope, allowing us to undertake research into how plant species respond to the variations in the physical environment between the top and bottom of a hill. We use a range of scientific equipment including soil moisture meters, coverscopes and plant identification keys. In doing so we investigate what various plant species need to survive.




 
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